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September 2017



I've been asked about my legislative successes (as if that's all a state representative does):
The gun bills that I've had signed into law are
HB 130-191 that got amended into HB 130-234. Both of them were my bills. The former repealed what was effectively a large capacity magazine ban. Prior to HB 130-191, state law did not allow a firearm to hold more than 31 rounds. The Senate amended that bill into HB 130-234. It allows the use of suppressors (silencers) on guns while hunting game birds or wild quadrupeds (four-legged animals). The final version of HB 130-234 expanded reciprocity and streamlined the licensure process for concealed carry. All of that is now current law.

I also successfully got LSC-130-2047 amended into
HB 131-240. The story behind that began with a tragic suicide. The widow wanted the gun returned to the family. I got involved to help cut through the bureaucratic red tape and eventually got her gun returned to her. My LSC-130-2047 was an amendment to a coroner's bill (HB 131-240) to ensure that, in the future, such property can be returned to the family in a timelier manner. That is now current law.

More recently, my
HB 132-233 (DEFEND) passed the Ohio House by a 65 to 31 vote. That's a super majority win. It had 51 original co-sponsors including the Speaker of the House and the entire Republican leadership team. The bill decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for concealed handgun licensees. HB 132-233 is currently being considered in the Senate Government Oversight committee. I have a meeting scheduled with Chairman Coley to discuss.

All of that takes collaboration and good working relationships with colleagues.

Ballot Issues
State Issue 1
- Rights for Crime Victims (Marsy's Law).
Argument for it.
Argument against it.
I'm planning to vote YES simply because I like the arguments for it.

State Issue 2 - To require state agencies to not pay more for prescription drugs than the federal Department of Veterans Affairs and require state payment of attorney fees and expenses to specific individuals for defense of the law.
Argument for it.
Argument against it.
I'm planning to vote NO. The concept reminds me of
Nixonian wage and price controls. This is the antithesis of the free market. Squeezing the balloon at one end will force something bad to happen at the other. Will shortages occur? Will prices go up for other customers? Or both? And if that's not bad enough, the ballot language requires that the taxpayers be on the hook for legal fees when all of the lawsuits begin.

Ohio House of Representatives - My current active House bills:

HB 53 - Public Sector Right to Work

HB 233 - Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). It decriminalizes so-called "gun free zones" for Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders. This bill passed the House and is awaiting action in the Senate.

HB 333 - Eliminates the Ohio Marriage Penalty.


Video Central
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Event Calendar
October 2, 2017
Union Twp Republican Central Committee meeting at the Civic Center at 7 PM.

October 6, 2017
"First Friday" happy hour at McCormick & Schmick's.
Register here.

October 8, 2017
Candidates night in Westerville sponsored by Citizens for Community Values.

October 12, 2017
Evening for Life 2017 at the Sharonville Convention Center at 6 PM.

October 18, 2017
Clermont County Republican Central Committee meeting in The Empire of The Village of Batavia at 7 PM.

October 26, 2017
Candidates night at the Newtonsville Municipal Building at 7 PM.

Becker for State Representative - Vetted, Tested, and Proven!
"Becker has a legitimate claim as the state's most conservative legislator," according to The [Cleveland] Plain Dealer (September 2017).
"Rep. John Becker, suburban Cincinnati Republicanů [holds] the unofficial title as the General Assembly's most conservative lawmaker," proclaimed the Columbus Dispatch (September 2015).
Becker wins prestigious William Wilberforce Leadership Award (April 2015).
"GOP Ohio House freshman Becker is no shrinking violet," headlined the Columbus Dispatch (December 2014).
" arguably the most conservative member of the Ohio House," said The Cincinnati Enquirer (January 2014).
Ranked as a top tier "most archconservative" by the Columbus Dispatch (September 2013).

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